Friday, March 10, 2006

The Challenge of the Unreached World

According to missionfrontiers.org, Christians give about 1.7% ($213B) of their income to Christian causes (like their church). Of that 1.7%, only 5.4% ($11.4B) is given to foreign missions. (Amazing: the *entire* annual global missions budget funding 250,000 missionaries is just 1/4 of Bill Gates' fortune!) Of that 5.4%, 87% goes to missions among Christians, 12% goes for work among already evangelized non-Christians, and only 1% goes for work among the unreached or unevangelized people of the world. That means that just 5.4% of 1.7% (0.0918%) of Christians' money goes to missions, and that just 1% of *that* (0.000918%) goes to missions among the unreached.

Followup: a friend pointed out that perhaps the main reason so few resources go to the Unreached world is that it is so hard to go there. Let us respond by making it easier for those who are willing to (and can) go, primarily by "praying[ing] earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." (Matthew 9:38)
ar TORONTO, CANADA | 2022+

NOVEMBER

22 Tue 5:30pm dinner (S/M/NN+)
25 Fri (1) 3pm ph call (LP), (2) 3:30pm Tw mtg (DL)
28 Mon (1) 9:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 1pm ET video mtg (EvR), (3) 2pm ET video mtg (Europe)
29 Tue (1) 10am mtg (JSh), (2) 3pm mtg (SM+)

DECEMBER
2 Fri (1) 12noon mtg (Ray), (2) 2:30pm time w/ DrPL
6 Tue 6:30pm Lounsbury Christmas party
8 Thu MVT board mtg
9 Fri ~J working
10 Sat afternoon/evening MVT Christmas party
14 Wed (1) 4pm video mtg (SM), (2) 8pm Bible reading group
16-18 Fri-Sun possible Ottawa
24 Sat Christmas eve - neighbourhood
26 - Jan ~8 Time off

2023+
... Jan ~8 Time off
Jan 20 10am CCWM board mtg
April 22-24 Sat-Mon Manitoba ministry trip
May 5 Fri CCWM board mtg (Fri)